Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #6 – Red Racer Northwest Pale Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #6

Red Racer Northwest Pale Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Handcrafted using Maris Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. This big and bold pale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body, giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Rounded creamy grapefruit tangerine barley malt bitter peel hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, dig the fullness

Visual: Pours clear pale golden orange with a massive dissipating creamy head, sticky lacing, foamy retention, several steady slow streams.

Nose: grapefruity orange citrusy hops. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming bitter

Mid-palate: sustained-creamy mouthfeel, citrus burst, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) tangerine, sweet barley malt -> smooth hoppy transition

Finish: pink grapefruit pulp tangy, bitter peel hoppy finish.

Summary: A very nice burst of citrus in a very rounded and creamy textured APA. On the drier side.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #12 – Copper Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #11

Copper Ale (can) – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 500ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Why did I wait half a year to resume the 2014 Christmas beer calendars??? Long story short, the day #12 beers went missing and I had to seek out and replace them. Let’s finish up 2014 and blast on ahead to 2015!”

printed on the can:

“A light bodied, easy drinking ale with a pleasantly dry finish. Toasted Munich malt gives this beer both it’s colour and malty flavour that is balanced with subtle hop aromatics.”

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: boring basic sweet liquid barley malt no body
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Pours copper brown (no surprise) with barley any head, very thin hazy retention, several singular fast streams.

Nose: sweet toasted caramel malt, liquid barley. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-flat-malty, thin body and taste

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) grainy barley malt, caramel, honey

Finish: off-dry malty short finish.

Summary: Basic malty flavour, nothing exciting but drinkable. Waste of time for me.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Red Racer Oatmeal Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6

  • My Rating: [B-],  N/A on Ratebeer.com

Red Racer Oatmeal Stout – Central City Brewing, 4.2% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This Smooth Irish-Style stout is deep, dark and full bodied. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body in this ale. Roasted barley, as well as pale, black, chocolate and crystal malts round off one of our  richest creations to date. Cheers!”

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  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Off-dry roast coffee malt chocolate
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a small head, super micro bubbly thin layered retention, barely visible micro activity near the surface.

Nose: roasted brown sugar caramel malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) bitter roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: burnt, dry malt finish.

Summary: Easy-drinking, smooth roast, medium bodied.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #4 – Red Racer Belgian-Style Wheat Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #4

Red Racer Belgian-Style Wheat Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Traditionally opaque, this Belgian Style Wheat Ale is brewed with coriander seed and dried orange peel producing a beer light in body with a refreshing citrus and spice aroma.”

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  • Style: (spiced wheat ale) Belgian White / Witbier
  • Taste: Crisp dry banana wheat malt light citrus almost-barnyard
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not terribly exciting

Visual: Pours unfiltered cloudy pale orange with a huge creamy head, nice retention, some sticky lacing, many clusters of fast activity, sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: bright citrusy banana wheat malts, hints of barnyard. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: very crisp, fizzy tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malt, banana, light lemon

Finish: coriander, ultra-subtle hopped bitterness, banana malt DRY finish.

Summary: Decent and drinkable, but it just doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Overall it’s too dry for me.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2 – Red Racer Pilsner

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2

Red Racer Pilsner – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.”

  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Very crisp light barley malt bready grassy ninja hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no WOW factor

Visual: Pours frosty golden yellow-amber with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, many slowish steady streams.

Nose: straw, grassy, yeast, very light malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, incoming subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with medium bitter hops, (MAIN) light barley malts, grainy bread, grassy-hay, yeast

Finish: ninja (under-the-radar) lingering soft hopped liquid malt finish.

Summary: Good, clean, simple flavours. I would enjoy this for its texture and simplicity, not for intense depth nor aroma.